Mark Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org 0272764392
Number of members in the CG
40 and growing
Date the Catchment Group started
Types of people in the group
Dairy, sheep & beef, community and schools. All are welcome.
Field day and woolshed discussion on the new National Environmental Standards (NES) for Freshwater
Learning about the health of the Lora Gorge and Otapiri Gorge waterways
Stream health visit and investigation of Otapiri Stream with Limehills School
Makarewa Headwaters native plant nursery and seed propagation event – 26 February
Short-term goals – 12 months
Study of broader ecological conditions – plant, insect and aquatic life
Testing cattle vs ducks
Slow moving river and global warming - what impact is this having on the nutrient?
Involve subject matter experts to explain what the test results mean
Connecting the community - shared space
Research into impact of deer and pigs on catchment – native bush regeneration, soil impact etc.
Gaining understanding of what makes our river system unique
Hosted events / meetings
Lots of regular meetings with interesting topics and presentations. Learning all about the Lora and Otapiri Gorges water quality was the topic of their last meeting with a great presentation from Justin Kitto (one of DairyNZ's Water Quality Specialists) on water quality and ecosystem health, and how we impact them. Overall a great discussion with lots of questions from attendees.
Field day and woolshed discussion on the new National Environmental Standards (NES) for Freshwater - held on 27 October with Corina Jordan, Environmental Strategy Manager for B+LNZ. Looked at the practical aspects of the new legislation and possible on-farm solutions.
Otapiri Stream health - Investigated stream health with Limehills School using the SHMAK kit on 8 December.